We interviewed the artist behind the latest The Great Marlborough Street, London window, floral artist Rebecca Law.
Tell me about Rebecca Law?
I am a Fine Art trained Floral Artist and I have been working with flowers for over 17 years. I've worked with flowers in many mediums in both 2D and 3D, also creating work for windows, parties, fashion shows, hotels, weddings, exhibitions, events, photo shoots and public places. I am passionate about creating installations with flowers. Most of my large installations are made with flowers hanging from copper wire. I love the process of flowers drying and I like the viewer to be a part of that process; my installations subtly change as the flowers dry.
You've recently participated in an exhibit at The Garden Museum, how did that come about?
The Director of The Garden Museum Christopher Woodward found one of my floral installations in a shop on Columbia Road in East London and asked me to be a part of an exhibition called 'Floriculture' he liked the way I was pushing the boundaries of floristry.
What was the process involved?
I was sponsored by New Covent Garden Flower Market who donated 4000 roses. I hung each rose with copper wire to the ceiling of the Garden Museum within a frame of approximately 8m x 8m. The installation is going to be in place until this Friday (8th March) if you'd like to visit!
What else can be found at The Garden Museum?
As well as the exhibition 'Floriculture', the Garden Museum has an incredible archive of garden tools and botanical drawings.
You have coined the creation of a rose curtain; what are they and where do they originate?
I have created an installation for The Mill Great Marlborough Street window called 'Rose Curtain', it is a combination of roses and copper wire threaded together to cover the two front windows. The installation will be hanging for three months, in this time the flowers will dry. Everyone at The Mill and passers by will get to see this process happen. I prefer the installations when they are dry as they are very delicate and ephemeral.
How did you approach The Mill window?
I was approached by the Mill in 2012 and I always wanted to completely cover the windows with flowers. Now I am.
Who and what inspires you?
My Father is a gardener, my mother is an expert in Natural Science and my Nana and Auntie painted flowers all their lives. I was influenced by them all at an early age and by the time I studied Fine Art I replaced paint with flowers. I love work by Anya Gallaccio, Richard Long, Andy Goldsworthy, Daniel Ost and Mark Rothko. Although, my biggest inspiration comes from nature itself.